DavidBostonConsulting

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“A well known, respected resource in the industry”
– Steve Doublett, Corporate Data Center Leader

David Boston is President of David Boston Consulting, a firm specializing in Critical Facilities Operations consulting. Boston conducted the industry’s first data center facilities performance and operating cost survey via telephone of 35 data centers spread across the United States. This survey was updated by site visits and later became the foundation of the benchmarking programs conducted by the Site Uptime Network, a well known North American critical facilities consortium. Serving as a facilitator and Program Director for the Network from 1996 through 2009, Boston was responsible for helping member companies optimize infrastructure investment and achieve continuous availability.

While representing ComputerSite Engineering from 1996 through 2008, Boston personally assisted critical data center management teams with Facilities staffing, organization planning, training, and procedures development designed to match the client’s long term uptime goals. In addition, he led a team of electrical and mechanical engineering consultants in providing comprehensive facility infrastructure system assessments. Since 2006, David Boston Consulting has independently assisted clients with new data center facility layout, maintenance and operations staffing strategies, training, and procedures programs.

In 2007-2008, Boston coordinated a team project to propose changes to the National Electrical Code’s requirement for Disconnecting Means Controls (Article 645) at all data center principal exits. The group’s objective was to minimize the risk of accidental or malicious downtime that has existed with DMCs (commonly referred to as Emergency Power Off or EPO switches) since the requirement was introduced as Code in the 1960’s. As a result of this effort, NEC’s Code Making Panel 12 created a Task Group of NEC and NFPA members to work with the team to develop the detailed proposal. This proposal was fully accepted in June, 2010. Data center owners will now have decreased risk of interruption to their operations, if they elect to construct or modify their facilities to the new Code requirements. This is described in the SearchDataCenter.com article, "Data Center EPO Vulnerability Fixed in 2011 National Electrical Code".

David Boston is also a published author. Several of his recent articles include:

  • "7 Steps to Minimize the Potential for Human Error in Critical Facilities" (Published in Building Operating Management, August 2013)
  • "IT and Facilities: How to Work Together to Avoid Downtime"
    (Published on DatacenterDynamics.com, March 2012)
  • "Are You Positioned for Success When Your New Data Center Begins Operation?" 
    (Published in The DataCenterJournal, February 2012)
  • "The Greatest Risks for Critical Facilities Are Often Ignored" 
    (Published in Mission Critical Magazine, Jan/Feb 2011)

  • Boston received a BS degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati and completed course work toward an MBA at the University of Tampa. As Facilities Manager for GTE Data Services’ Tampa data center from 1985 - 1995, his department achieved multiple years of uninterrupted uptime for a 100,000 square foot facility with a continuous operation objective.

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